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RE: [teacherartexchange] Museums vs. internet


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 05 2006 - 10:30:36 PST

Thanks, Jen. I know she'll appreciate your suggestions.

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From: Jen Ellis []
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 1:25 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Museums vs. internet


Here are some places you could go with the pro-museums argument.

The accuracy of the information can be debatable because anyone has
access, anyone can post information. I could in 5 minutes take a
famous painting and literally wipe a character out of the image and

On demand education means they will choose what art to look at when
they want. Good in some ways, but other pieces could be missed that
they decide not to delve into.

Understanding scale, process, detail of artwork. Right now internet
screens have a resolution of 72 dpi our eye can absorb so much more
information then the internet can give you.

You may want to do research on internet usage GLOBALLY
The percentage of internet usage in Africa, for example, is only 3% of
the population vs. almost 70% in the USA.

You may be able to find some information on how viewing in museums
affects health or improves lifestyles.

I would suggest she interview people her age that use the internet in
such a fashion and ask them why they would still travel to see
artwork. She can use interviews as a source for her arguement.


On 12/5/06, Hillmer, Jan <> wrote:
> Hi Woody,
> She's in a small college in Indiana, southeast of Chicago, and she
> the museum experience. She's just got to learn how to defend it. She
> already works at the museum at her college, and did an internship last
> summer at the Tampa Museum of Art. I'll pass along your words of
> wisdom.
> Thanks,
> Jan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Woody Duncan []
> Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 10:30 AM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Museums vs. internet
> On Dec 5, 2006, at 6:36 AM, Hillmer, Jan wrote:
> > I'm trying to analyze the value
> > of art's actual, physical existence (and thus the existence of
> > museums)
> > over its intellectual accessibility now present to people
> > everywhere via
> > the internet. Do you have any ideas where I can find information
> > the value of museums? I just don't know what to read...all of our
> > texts
> > disrepute museums and knock them for preserving archaic ideas of
> > intelligence, wealth and power attached to art and thus creating a
> > sense
> > of exclusivity.
> Wow !! Where do I start. Access to images to art via the internet is a
> wonderful thing, but vs. the existence of museums ??? I hope your
> daughter
> and the other students at her college has had multiple opportunities
> to visit
> and experience "actual" museums. There is no comparison between the
> virtual image and the real experience of being in the presence of the
> actual
> object. A great museum is much more that a place to preserve art. A
> great
> museum requires a public that comes to experience it's treasures.
> I'd type more and more but I need to leave to give a tour of the
> Albuquerque Museum for 2nd graders. The first thing I'll tell my
> young visitors is that the museum and the art and artifacts in it
> belong to them. Our museum is owned by the city and funded by
> our taxes. As one of 150 well trained Docents, I say: don't look
> for articles and books to support her paper - just visit any good
> museum.
> Woody
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